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post #1 of 18
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well since my first one didn't even seem to work and not one told me - here is version 2 -



 



 



Well i am someone who normally skies in France - Val'Disere and Tignes or Val Thorens but decided this year to go somewhere different and i have never been before... After searching i wanted high and big vertical so the solution was Cervinia and hope the link to Zermatt was open every day!!! Taking my Kung fujas and my Salomon proper GS skis so do 3 days on each... 



 



well flight was short glasgow to Turin in 2 hours... then another 2 hours to Cervinia... when we arrived it was snowing pretty hard and couldn't see a thing of the mountain, an early night was had in anticipation of POW tomorrow...



 



Well woke up and it was bluebird all excited... took a gondola then another one then a cable car and found myself at 3500m... only problem it had been windy over night and there was only wind pack left- oh well spent the day exploring the Zermatt Glacier and Cervina Plan Maison lifts... highlight was the cable car on the glacier to 3880m... beautiful up there... 



 



Day 2 very similar to Day 1 weather and condition wise but spent the day in Italy on the Valtourneche lifts as well as the Cervinia main lifts... Managed to cruise and lovely run of 14km from the top of Zermatt Glacier to bottom of Valtourneche...



 



Day 3 was the Zermatt day... we were almost not he first gondola from Cervinia and straight over to Zermatt and explored the entire mountain... Wow there is some amazing views and some awesome terrain over there... skied lots of bumps and i was in heaven in the Stcokhorn area where there was so much fun terrain and nothing pisted... essentially a ridiculously long mogul field and a leg killer!!!



 



Day 4 was a whiteout... skiing was piste only with the blown snow in the 40mph wind... chairs were swaying allover the place and kept stopping... but still managed 43km skiing on the Cervinia side... 



 



Day 5 we repeated day as it was so fun... 



 



Day 6 was a repeat of our favourite runs throughout the whole area... 



 



Well it certainly was an awesome trip... Cervinia was a great base... stayed in an amazing hotel... food staff rooms were all first class... No night life but i was there to ski... The skiing in Zermatt was more for me as it was steeper but enjoyed flying around the piste on my GS skis on both sides... 



 



Next year it will either be Val D'Isere again or somewhere else in Switzerland... i know expensive there but the huge mountains just attract you to them!!!



 



here are some pics -



 



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the rest are here -



 



http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085380@N05/



 



The video is a day travelling from Italy to Switzerland and back... some epic terrain and big mountains... Can anyone understand what i said in the video??? 



 




Edited by scottydonald - 11/2/13 at 6:29am
post #2 of 18

No question, skiing in Europe is different than in the Rockies.  Vid is a bit long but gets across the feel of the mountains well.  Thanks for posting!

post #3 of 18


Marznc, 

what do you mean skiing is different in Europe to the states?

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No question, skiing in Europe is different than in the Rockies.  Vid is a bit long but gets across the feel of the mountains well.  Thanks for posting!



 

 

post #4 of 18

Well, it depends on where one skis in North America, but not that many places provide the option of such wide and long trails as I saw in the vid.  Plus the concept of going from one country to the other and back is obviously not an option.  So perhaps I was thinking more about the views and atmosphere then the skiing itself.  In terms of wide and long continuous runs, my experience is Snowbasin and perhaps Big Sky.  Maybe Heavenly, but my memory of the one trip over ten years ago is fuzzy.

 

Is there any place in the lower 48 with glacier skiing?

post #5 of 18

I love trip reports on skiing in the Alps!  Thanks for posting, scottydonald.  That looks amazing.

 

Do you mind mentioning the hotel you stayed at in Cervinia?

 

That trip you just did is on my hit list.

post #6 of 18
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I love trip reports on skiing in the Alps!  Thanks for posting, scottydonald.  That looks amazing.

 

Do you mind mentioning the hotel you stayed at in Cervinia?

 

That trip you just did is on my hit list.



stayed here - http://www.hotelsertorelli.it/ awesome family run hotel... there was a 5 star one there which my dad stayed in last time he was there 10 years ago but he actually preferred the hotel this time... 

 

when booking the trip we gambled on the link being open but glad we stayed in Italy - was cheaper to live there, dad loved the wines(sicilian) and the transfers were shorter along with missing Geneva airport as its a mad house!!!

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stayed here - http://www.hotelsertorelli.it/ awesome family run hotel... there was a 5 star one there which my dad stayed in last time he was there 10 years ago but he actually preferred the hotel this time... 

 

when booking the trip we gambled on the link being open but glad we stayed in Italy - was cheaper to live there, dad loved the wines(sicilian) and the transfers were shorter along with missing Geneva airport as its a mad house!!!


Thanks.  The hotel looks great and it's always really nice to have a direct recommendation from someone I sort of "know" (from the internet, at least) rather than Tripadvisor.  

 

I definitely agree with you on the Milan airport versus the Geneva airport.  We found the Milan airport to be one of the easier ones we've used in Europe.

 

Thanks again for the report.

 

post #8 of 18
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Thanks.  The hotel looks great and it's always really nice to have a direct recommendation from someone I sort of "know" (from the internet, at least) rather than Tripadvisor.  

 

I definitely agree with you on the Milan airport versus the Geneva airport.  We found the Milan airport to be one of the easier ones we've used in Europe.

 

Thanks again for the report.

 


it was actually Turin so further west... they use Turin for some of the southern french resorts and the western Italian resorts... 

 

post #9 of 18

Nice report scott! 

 

Looks like a place to add to the list, even just to see the Matterhorn.

 

Most important question: How much was a beer? smile.gif

 

We had our first trip to Val D'Isere a couple of weeks back. Awesome place. Will be back there next year.

post #10 of 18
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Nice report scott! 

 

Looks like a place to add to the list, even just to see the Matterhorn.

 

Most important question: How much was a beer? smile.gif

 

We had our first trip to Val D'Isere a couple of weeks back. Awesome place. Will be back there next year.


i have been to Val 9 times now and tinges another 2... so i certainly love it there...

 

here is very different but good different!!! 

 

i don't drink but my dad if i remember was ranging from 5-7 euros so expensive but fine in comparison!!!

 

post #11 of 18

I need to make it over there. Nice vid. 

post #12 of 18

Great report scott smile.gif.

I have been there and I think it's fine, however i prefer dolomites in Italy

post #13 of 18

Finally got around to watching this video.  You have talent Scotty, behind the camera and on skis.  It's a fine video to give us the sense of touring one of the Alps top ski areas!  A few comments:  good stuff throwing in the WM audio, loved the variety of camera angles.  Especially nice use of the pole mounted cam.  Enjoyed all the scenic vistas captured during the video.  This might just be me, but since the focus is on an excursion I could have used a few superimposed labels or close-up views of signage explaining what lift/run/mountain/town I was looking at, maybe even an occasional image of a trail map showing progress across a wide range of terrain.  For example, I liked the Iglu Bar (and bartender) and the fact that you showed me a sign telling me the name of this place.  Since this was a travelogue type of video I would not be afraid to include a few more brief audio quotes from yourself or your subjects describing the fun, or views, or anything memorable or insightful. Some of the music lyrics were not too family friendly, but I suppose that is your decision based on who you think the audience will be for the video.  Also, as marznc said the video is a bit long for showing to the general public, which is probably good for only about 4-7 minutes before attention wanders, but for viewing by your own friends and family a time limit is less important.  There is a great curiosity by American skiers about exactly what the skiing is like in the Alps, so there is an audience here for more of your videos and images.  I should add that my son and I play around with travelogue type ski videos and we can learn A LOT from you. icon14.gif

post #14 of 18
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thanks... yes sorry about the lyrics... never really thought... 

 

i agree with the labels looking back on it...

 

thanks for viewing though and glad you did enjoy watching what is a great area to ski... 

post #15 of 18
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it was actually Turin so further west... they use Turin for some of the southern french resorts and the western Italian resorts... 

 

That is funny, the 2 experiences (arriving and leaving) with Turin airport that I ever had were a nightmare!!

 

Thanks for posting the vid.

post #16 of 18
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That trip you just did is on my hit list.

But you're gonna let me know if you come over here, right? 

post #17 of 18

Bummer scotty, the video is now blocked in the US due to whatever music was on it I guess.
 

post #18 of 18
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ok guys edited the first post with the video without sound...
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